As far as practicality goes, the tote is the ideal bag silhouette. While the tiny purse trend is fun, and itty-bitty baguettes make for great OOTDs, honestly, they’re quite useless. When it comes to commuting to work, packing a travel carry-on, or shopping at the farmer’s market, you need a bag that’s intended to hold more than the “phone, keys, wallet, lipstick” checklist ingrained in every purse carrier’s psyche. The tote bag meets that need, and leather tote bags, in particular, do it with style and elegance. Anywhere fashion meets function, you can find me there.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of lackluster tote bags available to shop. You might be lugging around a dirty canvas one currently, or perhaps you just dip into your collection of reusable grocery bags. If so, it’s time for an upgrade. A leather tote bag is one surefire way to add polish to your everyday look while making your life easier by creating space for all your necessities, plus a few snacks, of course. Below, see our top 20 picks for stylish leather totes you’ll love—because if you must carry everything but the kitchen sink, you should do so fashionably.
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With this budget-friendly pick from Amazon, your work tote can look like an investment piece without the hefty price tag that comes with it.
Cuyana has its own system of customizable totes and interchangeable accessories, meaning this tote can be specially tailored to your need. Plus, it’s sustainably made in a woman-owned factory, so that’s a definite win.
Avocado green is one of the hottest colors of the moment. This Kate Spade tote will easily hold all your essentials, including a 13-inch laptop.
This doesn’t just look like an old-fashioned suitcase—it has the spaciousness of one, too. With three compartments and room for a laptop up to 15.6 inches wide, reviewers have called this “the perfect work bag.”
If you’re going to use your new tote daily, it should be an item that you really love. This 3D design and springtime color palette will definitely spark joy.
The Classic Elena Woven Handbag
The words “woven” and “leather” aren’t usually associated with each other, which is exactly what makes these handcrafted Italian bags so unique.
Embossed Croc Willow Tote 24
This frosted lilac bag should come with a warning: will receive excessive compliments.
The Zip-Top Medium Transport Tote
Here’s a tote bag in the truest sense of the word. Madewell has reinvented its best-selling style with a top that zippers, so you don’t have to worry about spilling the contents en route to your destination. Bonus: It’s also monogrammable.
I love the contrast of the sleek matte black with shades of pale pink. Get you a bag that can do both.
Shirley Crocodile-Embossed Tote Bag
Mahogany-toned croc and a square handle? That’s a winning combo if I’ve ever seen one. (This does, of course, come with a shoulder strap. It is a tote, after all.)
Large Debossed Floral Icon Bag
Subtle in its floral pattern, and anything but subtle in its vibrant hue, this might be the perfect bag for spring.
Genuine Soft Leather Tote Bag
Um, 2008 called, and it said that we should bring back hobo-style bags—especially ones with capacious interiors and easy-to-clean leather.
There are a lot of reasons to shop Santos. These bags are sustainably handmade to order in the States, and one tree is planted for every bag sold. Also, literally, just look at that design!
Leather-Effect Shopper Bag
Keep it simple with a basic black shoulder bag. It’ll never go out of style.
Or, err on the side of luxury with this logo-laden bag from MCM. It features a removable inner pouch and 14k gold-plated hardware.
Le Pliage City Shoulder Tote Bag
For years, Longchamp’s classic nylon bags have been relied upon by many. Now, the French brand’s iconic silhouette is available in an upscale leather edition. Add to cart? Oui.
Contrast stitching will forever be equated with an increased cool factor.
This bag will hold everything you could need in a day and then some. It features a zippered compartment that slides over a suitcase handle, making it ideal for travel.
Available in a wear-with-anything neutrals like mocha brown and slate gray, this bag features a unique shoulder handle that allows it to be tucked comfortably under your arm rather than hanging by your side.
Perhaps you aren’t allowed to wear jeans to the office, but surely you can get away with a denim tote.
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